Eskom was once so successful that it was supplying more than half the electricity in Africa.
However, years of corruption, incompetence and political meddling has brought Eskom to its knees, and it is now begging for bailouts to stay afloat.
The company’s growing debt burden, which already exceeds R400-billion and can grow to R600-billion in the next three years, means it is technically bankrupt.
So bad is the situation that former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said Eskom is the single biggest risk to South Africa’s economy.
The image below provides an overview of how Eskom changed over the last 10 years:
Image credit: MyBroadband